The Minnesota State Patrol says a fatal crash near Mankato Monday was caused by a hit-and-run driver. Twenty-year-old Jaylynn Williams, of Mankato, was killed and her boyfriend, Dennis Egge, was injured when their vehicle left Highway 60 west of Lake Crystal about 4:30 p.m. Monday. Egge tells the Star Tribune Williams waved at the other driver "just to be nice," but he flipped them off. He says the two vehicles touched slightly before the SUV he was driving veered off the road. The two were returning from a trip to Nebraska and were minutes away from Mankato when the crash occurred. [...]
Graduation season is right around the corner, which means lively parties begin in May and continue through August. With high school or college diplomas in sight, family and friends are deciding on ways to congratulate seniors for this monumental achievement. TopCashback.com, recently surveyed members on their graduation gift giving and spending habits. The survey found that 86 percent of grads will be expecting a gift to celebrate this major milestone and 91 percent will be getting graduates a present. The survey found that cash, gift cards and tech gifts rank supreme in both the friends and family categories.
Vote on a playground design for Washington Park. Attend a stop by, vote and go event in the park, 215 North Fourth Street between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., Thursday (May 16). There will be three playground designs to select from. In case of inclement weather, event will be held at Grace Lutheran Church, 320 East Main Street. Residents also have an option to vote online at soundoffmankato.mankato.mn.gov from 7 p.m. Thursday (May 16) to noon Friday (May 17).
Mankato Area Public Schools will participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) summer food service program. Meals will be provided to children (18-years-old and younger) at no charge and served Monday through Friday. Breakfast is served between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.; lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Monday, June 10 through Friday, August 23 (closed July 4 and 5) East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road, Mankato West High School, 1351 South Riverfront Drive, Mankato Thursday, June 13 through Friday, August 23 (closed July 4 and 5) Franklin Elementary School, 1000 Broad Street, Mankato Hoover Elementary School, 1524 Hoover Drive, North Mankato Jefferson Elementary [...]
It was nip and tuck, but Highway 19 east of Henderson survived the recent Minnesota River crest and remained open to traffic. In addition, MnDOT crews will be monitoring the areas along Highway 169 between Mankato and Le Sueur during and after the heavy rains. Mudslides in April closed the southbound lanes. Highways 93 and 19 near Henderson have been impacted by lengthy bouts of flooding and, as such, the road subsurface is saturated and not strong enough to handle the typical 10 ton weight limit. Highway 19 from Highway 169 to Henderson and Highway 93 from Highway 169 to Henderson [...]
Are you proud to be a Minnesotan? According to an annual “Best States” survey by U.S. News & World Report, the Land of 10,000 Lakes came in at No. 3. The survey ranks states based on 70 metrics, including education, health care, the economy, public safety, roads and the fiscal health of the state’s government, as well as “the opportunity it affords its residents,” the report said. Washington ranked No. 1, followed by New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah and Vermont. At the bottom of the list were Mississippi (48th), Alabama (49th) and Louisiana (50th).
Minneopa State Park is hosting interpretive programs on May 17 and 18. On the 17th from 5-8 p.m. it is the annual bird banding event. People will get an up-close view of some birds that make Minneopa their home. The same event will happen from 8-Noon on the 18th.
Funds are still available to help Minnesotans pay for their heating bills. Help is available through the state's Energy Assistance Program through May 31. The program helps low-income households and renters pay heating bills through benefits paid directly to utility companies. Minnesotans who earn less than 50 percent of the state's median income (around $50,000 for a family of four) are encouraged to apply. Last year the program helped 126,000 households with an average benefit of $545. Locally, check with the Minnesota Valley Action Council in Mankato.
The State Patrol is asking anyone who may have information about a crash that killed a 20-year-old Mankato woman to call its Mankato district office at 507-344-2750. Jalynn Williams was a passenger in a Chevrolet Blazer driven by 26-year-old Dennis R. Egge, going eastbound on Highway 60 at 4:41 p.m. Monday afternoon. A motorist driving a Ford SUV cut off and possibly made contact with the Blazer, causing it to enter the ditch and roll, according to a State Patrol report. The motorist in the Ford also went into the median but returned to the highway. Authorities haven’t yet located the [...]
Officers with the New Ulm Police Department, Brown County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota State Patrol stopped 31 drivers for failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk. This event kicked off the Stop For Me campaign targeting drivers who fail to yield to pedestrians while crossing intersections. The New Ulm Police Department is planning to have more Stop For Me events planned at various locations around the city in the future, in addition to focusing on distracted driving.